About Yoga at YogaSutra
Catalina, our Colombian founder, has always had a passion and interest in the body and mind, metaphysics and philosophy, science and art, and how these allow us to discover our Universe. She found that true yoga merges all these aspects, and first started yoga when she was 17 years old, practicing authentic Sivananda Yoga very intensely. With an understanding of energy and yoga, Catalina can really guide you to align and optimise the way energy flows in the body for maximum well-being. This way she can transform it into the most optimal and enhanced tool for our evolution. External well-being is just half of the benefits that yoga brings you.
"It was through yoga that I could find freedom from deep suffering…. and I now live in steady peace.
In my journey, finding the right teachers has been so important. Yoga is so much more than stretching and this is why I have set up my practice, to share all the knowledge I have gained with others.
For the last decade, I have been learning, practicing, and studying yoga styles and other practices including Hatha Yoga (Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa, Hatha), Kriya Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Taoism, Tantra, Buddhism, Contemporary Dance, and Capoeria.
I kept been asked to teach, thus, at the end of 2019, I was ready to set up my own practice and share my learnings."
- Catalina Mendez -
Our practice focuses on helping people deal with suffering and become free. Whether it’s the body or the mind or the heart, we can help and really do tailor a yoga approach to your specific needs.
Suffering is any unwanted thought.
Unwanted thoughts can range from anything mild to something extremely painful and scary. The first type can become the seeds for the second type.
Thoughts create the reality we experience, and hence, what we experience NOW is the result of our previous and more regular thoughts, since they drive our actions and decisions.
For example, when we feel sad, we unconsciously wallow in sad thoughts and adopt behaviors that feed this sadness, such as listening to sad songs, creating more sadness. This way the suffering perpetuates through our thoughts and actions becoming the reality of NOW.
The lesson to learn is how do we train our minds not to perpetuate suffering until it becomes our experience that we are not our minds. This can't be understood intellectually, it must be experienced through a process of transformation.
We must not feed our minds with what we see in the now but rather feed our minds with positive and constructive guidance about what we want.
Suffering is created by our minds. From a little argument that remains roaming in our heads, to stress for a presentation, to an addiction to food, or to someone. Any thought that tangles your mind creates suffering regardless of what is it.
The practice of yoga progressively helps you to set your mind free. It’s a long-held belief and knowledge that yoga and meditation help us control our thoughts so that we suffer less. However, when you experience it, it is no longer a belief but a truth that you live every day. The best of it all, is that you start leaving from a place of love, your heart opens and your experience of life reflects this.
At YogaSutra we understand that everyone has different qualities of mind and of body, therefore, not all practices suit all practitioners. Our approach combines the physical and philosophical aspects of Hatha and Ashtanga (Raja) Yoga, merging elements of other yogic paths that work at subtle levels. Once your body is ready the postures become secondary and are more for maintenance.
Our classes are a combination of techniques, that will take you to a whole new level of experience beyond the physical.
Your main sessions are one-on-one so that we can tailor your practice to work on your needs. We have online group sessions and outdoor in-person sessions, which are supportive of your customised practice.
Yoga Sutra will help you become free from suffering and heighten your wellbeing at all levels of life.
Learn to feel, discover, connect, and sense your true Self.
Learn to simply BE.
You have a choice, the power to choose consciously and rewrite your thoughts.
Yoga is a spiritual practice meant to free you from your fears and from the limitations of your personality. For it is only us standing in our own way, but we erroneously think is all the external things.
Our system is complete and designed to deepen your yoga practice. Postures are not the purpose nor the end of yoga. The path continues! You will discover much more about yourself and this universe than what you ever imagined.